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Old 08-29-02, 04:49 AM   #1
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Question Another? installation problem on RH7.3

When installing the nVidia kernel 1.0-2960 on RH 7.3 (2.4.18-3)
according to the HOWTOs a list of undefined symbols is listed, and when the module is loaded I get:

"You are trying to load a module without a GPL compatible
license and it has unresolved references. Contact the module
supplier for assistance. Only they can help you"

Are the problems related or is it two separate problems?

(Disclamer: I am not familiar with this forum so I do not
really know if this problem has been discribed elsewhere.
I have understood that there are problems if you have an
"upgraded" kernel (e.g. 2.4.18-5), but mine is the the plain
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Old 08-29-02, 03:19 PM   #2
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I assume you are install from the tarball. Make sure you have all the kernel source installed in the /usr/src directory.

Also, try to load the kernel module by running the following command.

modprobe -a NVdriver

Hope this helps!
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Old 09-08-02, 05:02 PM   #3
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I am having the same problem. Has anybody found a resolution?

Thanks in advance.

Also, I don't think "modprobe -NVdriver" will help, because this issue is referring to the NVIDIA kernel, which runs the nvnet and nvaudio, not NVdriver, which runs the video.

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Old 09-08-02, 09:01 PM   #4
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Default GPL license...

I get this message too.

The Nvidia driver is not GPL ( Gnu Public License ), and some modutils don't like this.

With an XFconfig well configured...
If Nvidia doesn't load into kernel automaticaly, is for this reasons...

1: /etc/modules.conf doesn't have a proper line
alias char-major-195 NVdriver

2: insmod doesn't like Nvidia driver why is NOT GPL

3: We have compiled a new kernel, and insmod don't find the proper driver

In Case 2: we have two options.

Change modutils,


adding a /sbin/insmod -f NVdriver in "/etc/rc.d/rc.local" to force insmod to load the driver.

Perhaps there is more solutions, but

I always install from source.rpm ( I use Redhat, but I change the kernel sometimes )

And I have to recompile Nvidia_kernel and install, for every kernel update
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Old 09-22-02, 08:13 PM   #5
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i was able to get the driver working on my RH 7.3 system only after getting the kernel upgrade from red hat, 2.4.18-10, if you haven't tried that, you should.
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